The latest Republican talking points
Somebody left a mysterious carton on the front steps of the Mighty Corrente Building. After we finished folding up the brown paper it was wrapped in so we could recycle it for Christmas, we opened it up and found a typewritten manuscript. It's pretty short; all the Republicans must be off getting lawyered up:
September 11th taught us some important lessons.
The terrorists are determined to spread their fear and chaos and violence throughout the civilized world.
We are in a different kind of war against a different kind of enemy.
We're engaging the enemy in Iraq, that we're taking the fight to them there.
We spelled out the reasons we went to Iraq, and I would encourage you to go back and look at that.
We're not going to re-litigate the reasons why we went into Iraq.
We've made very clear what the reasons were.
Because it is critical to prevailing in the broader war on terrorism.
Our arguments are very public. You can go and look at what the arguments were.
I'm not going to get into talking about specific intelligence matters that help prevent attacks from happening and help save lives.
Ken Doll Mehlman:
[Dean] predicted that America would lose a war we were engaged in...
John Kerry talked about American troops engaged in terroristic and other activity...
Weâ€™ve already seen Nancy Pelosi embrace a retreat and defeat strategyâ€¦
You have the Democratic nominee in â€™04, Democratic national chairman, lead Democrat in the House... [hating America and the troops].
Hereâ€™s why a time frame is a mistakeâ€¦ [snip] Imagine if we had said to Hitler in 1942 that in 2 years weâ€™re going to pull out of Europe. Hitler ... would not have ended his war. Hitler would not have surrendered. Germany would not have surrendered.
Iraqis increasingly understand and believe that ... their country is heading in the right, not the wrong, direction. Theyâ€™re optimistic about the future in a way they havenâ€™t been...
Over and out.